The hidden added-value

IT Reclamation: the hidden added-value. We have been taught the value of recycling, whether with household waste, clothing, or electrical waste (WEEE). However, it is essential to note that recycling should only be considered as a last resort after all other options have been exhausted.

Prolong the product’s lifespan

The main objective of dealing with enterprise IT equipment is to prolong the product’s lifespan. This can be achieved in various ways, such as repurposing leading-edge equipment as a more budget-friendly option in the future, replacing malfunctioning or missing components, and refurbishing items with cosmetic damage to enhance their appearance.

There are many instances where this process is very successful. For example, hard drives can be easily erased with many software applications that will also check the drive’s integrity.  Servers can be upgraded with higher-performing CPUs and memory, while storage arrays can be expanded with higher-capacity drives. This is just the beginning of the list.

Reuse in future repair or refurbishment

When all opportunities have been exhausted, there will inevitably be some waste. The question is, what is the best way to handle it? One common approach is to pass the problem on to a downstream partner. However, this usually results in the entire product being treated as waste, even though there may be small components like PSUs, PCBs, plastics, and metalwork that could be reused in future repairs or refurbishments.

We aim to get the most value from our reclamation process

At SSI, we aim to get the most value from our reclamation process. Our team of engineers diligently processes products to salvage any useful parts or components. As a result, we are able to minimise waste and achieve maximum returns.

The final step

The final step in the reclamation process is recycling. During this stage, the team breaks down products into their lowest possible raw materials, which are usually metals, plastics, and PCBs. The waste material is then ready to be sent to a downstream partner with advanced techniques to recover individual raw materials that can be reused in manufacturing new products.

Take a look at our IT Reclamation services here.